Letters to the editor

December 2023

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FREEDOM SOCIALIST

Making sense of the economic crisis

I loved all the articles in the [August-September] issue, but was particularly impressed with the front-page piece about the recent budget cap drama and its effect on the poor and working class [“The debt ceiling theater: who got robbed and who got richer,” Vol. 44, No. 4].

This is the kind of perspective people need to hear, but does not appear to be available anywhere else!

Jim Hyde via email

Truth-telling and movement building

I’m a Marxist feminist who has distributed the Freedom ­Socialist newspaper for
50-plus years.

The right wing fears us and our publication for truth-telling and building unity among the working class and our allies, so they raise the specter of Marxism in the U.S. to cause suspicion and fear.

Remember the 1950s and ’60s when those suspected of being communists or homosexuals were forced out of jobs, some put in prison and mental institutions? Book bans are the tip of neo-Nazi agendas. Urgent mass action is needed to nip them in the bud.

Mary Ann Curtis, Naperville, Illinois


HAITI

Reparations are due

Many thanks to Luma Nichol for blowing the whistle on the Global Fragility Act that intends to exploit Haiti and other countries in order to thwart interests of China and Russia [“The Global Fragility Act: A new U.S. scheme to further exploit Haiti,” Vol. 44, No. 4].

The article sent me to review Haitian history and led me to a remarkable series that The New York Times produced in March 2022.

I highly recommend it to FS readers.

Titled “Haiti’s Lost Billions”, the NY Times clearly presents all the theft by banks and governments in France, Canada and the U.S. It starts with the outrageous French demand, after the successful slave revolt, that Haiti pay for all the freed slaves and property or be occupied.

Indeed, reparations must be paid by those imperialist countries.

Gina Petry, Seattle, Washington


UKRAINE

Party for Socialism and Liberation

Overall the article “The PSL on Russia and Ukraine: A critique” [Vol. 44, No. 5], is an excellent piece. It highlights the point that supposedly revolutionary Marxist organizations, like the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), need to stop supporting reactionary regimes backed by far-right forces.

I did notice a minor error in the article. The author states: “PSL’s attitude hasn’t changed since a bygone era when the Soviet Union existed. Many leftists, including PSL and FSP, defended the USSR against constant capitalist hostility led by the U.S. But some came to see the world wholly defined by the opposition between the USSR and the Soviet bloc on the one hand and the U.S. and its allies on the other.”

The problem with this statement is that the PSL was founded in 2004, and therefore did not exist when the Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991.

The PSL split from Workers World Party. The party’s founder, Sam Marcy, was usually a staunch defender of the Soviet bureaucracy.

The PSL’s attitude today came from Marcy’s theory of Global Class War where the whole world was viewed as a battle on the one hand between the Soviet Union, China, and their allies and the American imperialists on the other. It’s an outdated and dangerous view.

P. Davis, Columbia, South Carolina


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